Bhubaneswar: The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bhubaneswar signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) at Bhubaneswar for Collaborative Research and Academic Interaction among the faculty and scientist of both the institutes in their core areas for improving the quality of life through the application of technology.
The Minister HRD has been on a visit to Bhubaneswar and had called for an interaction with the Directors of some Central Institutes and KVS officials on the occasion. So making use of this occasion, IIT Bhubaneswar and AIIMS Bhubaneswar exchanged the MoU in presence of Hon’ble Minister. The MoU was signed by Prof. R.V. Raja Kumar, Director, IIT Bhubaneswar and Prof. Gitanjali Batmanabane, Director, AIIMS Bhubaneswar and exchanged in presence of Shri. Ramesh Pokhriyal, Hon’ble Minister for Human Resource Development (MHRD), Govt. of India, the dignitaries present, the faculty and senior officials of both the Institutes.
The MoU will be valid for a period of five years from the date of execution and may be extended after mutual discussion. The broad areas covered under the MoU include collaborative research and academic interaction among the faculty and scientist of both the institutes in their relevant areas. The MoU facilitates the sharing of research information and joint supervision of Doctoral and Master Students of each other for the research programmes. In addition, the MoU also includes regular organizing of joint Symposia, Colloquium, workshops, seminars and conferences on chosen topics and areas to train students in both the Institutes. In the meeting, Director, IIT Bhubaneswar appraised the Hon’ble HRD Minister about the latest developments including the steady progress of the Institute on all fronts.
Amidst the meeting, the Shri. Ramesh Pokhriya, Hon’ble HRD Minister expressed his happiness and said that he is looking forward to fruitful outcomes from this collaboration in the best interest of the society. He also stressed that there is a void in the form of interdisciplinary research work in the areas of domains of Institution and another such as between technological Institutions and Medical Institutions which needs to be filled up. He also expressed that all Institutes should complement each other, work as a team collaborate for meaningful outcomes in the interest of society. An agreement to collaborate between IIT Bhubaneswar and AIIMS Bhubaneswar is a good starting. He expressed that the work should progress well for this endeavour today and would like to know about the progress in the future.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof. R.V. Raja Kumar, Director, IIT Bhubaneswar expressing happiness and said that this “MoU provides a plethora of opportunities to work together on a larger domain of Biotechnology application to Health Sciences. Collaboration with AIIMS will help IIT Bhubaneswar in developing our competence in Bio-Engineering and we intend to foster the research in Bio-Engineering, Pro-Biotics and Bio-Medical Engineering. We are thankful to Shri. Ramesh Pokhriyalji, Hon’ble HRD Minister for his gracious presence at the occasion.”
Maintaining that technology has penetrated rapidly into health care, Prof. Gitanjali Batmanabane, Director AIIMS said. “Technology has become an integral part of health care. There is a need to further the research with the collaboration between the two institutes now will give a technology edge to the research of AIIMS.”
The programme ended with wide-ranging deliberations from the teams of both the Institute on the methods to take the partnership to a new level and translate the outcome in the best interest of the society.